While Idaho’s overall graduation rate jumped by the highest margin in five years, some seniors went missing or dropped out.
While the rankings are troubling, they are also more than 18 months old. They do not reflect numbers for Idaho’s class of 2018, which improved significantly.
Idaho’s high school graduation rate topped the 80 percent mark in 2018. “The pace is accelerating,” state superintendent Sherri Ybarra said Thursday.
English language learners comprise a growing demographic in American high schools. And in Idaho, ELL student graduation rates eclipse the national average.
For the second straight year, Idaho’s graduation rate moved upward in 2015-16. National figures aren’t yet available; Idaho ranked No. 39 in the nation in 2014-15.